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How To Barbeque A Cat

by John M. White |

As always seems to happen in these cases more information gets leaked out about the accident between a Piper Lance and a tour helicopter over the Hudson River in New York. And release of additional information from unauthorized sources continues to plague the investigation into the accident by the NTSB. National Transportation Safety Board Someone has told the AP that the controller who released the Piper Lance 1MC for departure from Teterboro continued a bantering conversation with a woman at one of the airport's tenant operations. The woman had found a cat wandering about the airport premises and the controller joked about barbecuing the cat seconds before the mid-air collision. What is not clear from this information is the time line leading up to the accident and when the tour helicopter first appeared on radar. And once that information is sorted out there is still the question of whether there was adequate communication available with the fixed wing aircraft, the helicopter and whether it would have made any difference. The problem, as I see it, is that this kind of publicity hurts all of us in aviation. Like most businesses aviation is rife with rumors. When I flew for a living I could have a conversation with someone in Kansas in the morning and by the time I returned to Michigan in the evening someone would already know about the conversation. Unfortunately as we all learned in grade school conversations which are repeated several times from person to person often result in misinformation to the last person in line. I would suggest that it is unfortunate that the AP chose to publish this information during an ongoing investigation, and that it hurts the reputation of all general aviation pilots. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 If you are looking for perfect safety, you will do well to sit on a fence and watch the birds; but if you really wish to learn, you must mount a machine and become acquainted with its tricks by actual trial. — Wilbur Wright, from an address to the Western Society of Engineers in Chicago, 18 September 1901.

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